Kings of Convenience – Versus

25 02 2012

Listened: Tuesday January 10

Versus is an unlikely mixture of Kings of Convenience, Erlend Oye‘s solo work, and Royksopp. Such beautiful acoustic music seems odd to remix, but a wonderful new vibe is added by several different artists.

Like Unrest, Versus makes me groove and relax all at once. I love the album cover too!

The Hives – Veni Vidi Vicious

25 02 2012

Listened: Monday January 9

I think one of the most jarring transitions of the project comes between Veneer and Veni Vidi Vicious. The slamming, loud guitars following such mellow meditative music is a bit much. I have to be in the right mood for The Hives.

I’d never imagine such messy, loud garage rock coming from Sweden. But I guess I should, since Sweden is also one of the black metal hotspots, which is more disturbing music.

This is early 20s music for me, and it probably stayed there – I can see the appeal, but I don’t think I’ll be feeling the urge to bust this out to listen to any time soon.

Jose Gonzalez – Veneer

25 02 2012

Listened: Friday January 6

Jose Gonzalez’s music is like very pleasant meditation. I like Veneer even more than In Our Nature.

My first Jose Gonzalez experience was hearing Heartbeats as a soundtrack to a video about Throwies (temporary LED light graffiti). I was captured by it immediately, and impressed with how well it suited the video. The video is also probably one of the first handful of videos I watched on YouTube as well; it was quite a while ago. Now whenever I hear it, visions of beautiful slow-motion Throwies being applied flow through my head.